Cecil Clementi

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:There were two men known as Sir Cecil Clementi, both having been colonial governors in Singapore. Sir Cecil Clementi, who served between 1929 to 1934, was Sir Cecil Clementi Smith's nephew.

Sir Cecil Clementi, GCMG, KStJ, FRGS, MRAS (Chinese name 金文泰) (1 September 1875 - 5 April 1947), was a British colonial administrator who served as Governor of Hong Kong from 1925–30, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements from 1930-34.

Early life and education

Born in Cawnpore, India, Clementi was the son of Colonel Montagu Clementi, Judge Advocate General in India, and his wife, Isabel Collard. He attended St Paul's School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied Sanskrit and the classics. In 1895, he won the Hertford Scholarship (an honorable mention), and 1st class mods a year later. He subsequently won the Ireland and Craven Scholarship (an honorable mention) in 1896, and a Boden Sanskrit Scholar in 1897.

Clementi became proxime accessit (runner-up in examination) of the Gaisford Greek Prose prize in 1897, 2nd class lit. hum. and attained his B.A. in 1898. Clementi was also proxime accessit of the Chancellor's Latin Essay prize in 1899, and attained his M.A. in 1901.

Early Colonial Services

In 1899, Clementi placed fourth in the competitive examinations for the civil service, which allowed him his choice of postings. His choice was Hong Kong, and upon his arrival he was sent up to Canton, where he was a land officer until forced to return to......
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